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Gulveig

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By NatasaIlincic   |   
Published: January 22, 2014
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artwork for Fate of the Norns new game. Watercolour.

"Who was Gulveig? This enigmatic goddess was the Vanir's secret weapon in the war with the Aesir gods. Her ability to intensify greed and despair allowed her to single-handedly bring the war to a crippling end. Hey magic drove the Aesir to bicker and fight with one another- to the cusp of civil war. Odin, in his infinite wisdom knew what had to be done.
It is said that Odin's spear, the legendary Gungnir normally strikes foes dead on the initial blow... but in Gulveig's case it took three mighty and desperate blows to drive the life out of her body. Even then, fearing her regenerative powers, the Aesir gods created a molten pyre and burned her.
Alas the inferno consumed her body, but failed to destroy her heart. And for some inexplicable reason, the trickster god Loki was drawn to it. Rooting through the ashes, he found her black heart and ate it. Loki's most heinous deeds would follow this calamitous event.
Archaic fables speak that Gulveg will rise anew when a perfect storm of intense emotion beckons her back from beyond the veil!"


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Image size
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IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Canon
Model
MP210 series
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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Crimzen250Hobbyist General Artist
Is it possible she was the one Odin briefly resurrected in Helheim to learn more of baldurs Death???
Hmmm..
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NatasaIlincicProfessional General Artist
I don't know, we should ask the old bards :P
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Crimzen250Hobbyist General Artist
I've never come across a name for the ghost of the volva, or anything saying it is so, but it seems to make sense to me anyway
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kakkupannuStudent Traditional Artist
This picture was used in some e-journal. i saw it on my Facebook feed.
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NatasaIlincicProfessional General Artist
really? any way of finding where?
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NatasaIlincicProfessional General Artist
thank you!
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Very evocative. I have pm'ed you re this image. Excellent work, thank you!
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NatasaIlincicProfessional General Artist
thanks ^^
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iocthulhuHobbyist General Artist
This is really tripping me out, because as an active Gullveig worshiper, this looks exactly like how I think of her. You have done such a nice job, on this, and all the gods. You have an insane amount of talent. <3
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NatasaIlincicProfessional General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it ^^
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Marius-CrebHobbyist General Artist
Positively badass. Gullveig is one of my favorite goddesses.
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NatasaIlincicProfessional General Artist
Thank you very much! (:
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AngelicAdonisHobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! Very nice colours!
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NatasaIlincicProfessional General Artist
thank you! (:
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Taina-dOSHobbyist General Artist
Creepy and beautiful! Well done!!! :D
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SvartulfStudent Traditional Artist
Damn, i love your work!!!
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NatasaIlincicProfessional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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Amazing! Very wonderful work as always. I really love all your art.
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NatasaIlincicProfessional General Artist
Thank you! (:
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BrandonLoucksArtProfessional Traditional Artist
Nice face paint! Thanks for including Gulveig's story.
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